EFF broke but optimistic for 2014 general elections

Julius Malema and fellow EFF members visit Fochville after residents were arrested following violent service delivery protests. Photo: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - By the time South Africa heads to the polls in the 2014 general elections the newly formed political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters will have 100 members in every ward, if all goes according to plan, says national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

The fledging party is on a massive recruitment drive and wants to have at least 400,000 members across South Africa’s more than 4,000 electoral wards.

While an official membership audit hasn’t taken place yet, Ndlozi says the drive to recruit new members has been very successful. At the Soweto motorcade, which took place in August, the party recruited more than 3,000 new members.

News of the IEC confirming EFF’s registration as a party has boosted the organisation.

"The registration of our party has affirmed our optimism and we are motivated to proceed with plans, establishing structures and launch and the elections.”

In terms of financial support in the run up to the elections the party is low on funds.

“I’m sure we are one of the poorest political parties in the country” says Ndlozi, undeterred.

To support their operations the party is depending on the basic contribution of new members at R10 a membership. Members of the leadership also contribute funds from their own income.

“Even myself I have put in my own airtime – that’s how a revolution survives” Ndlozi told eNCA.com.

Their objective as a political organisation is to inspire a revolution that will shift politics and property in the interest of the majority, says Ndlozi.

If they do win majority votes Ndlozi says they won’t change legislation and there will still be space for other political parties such as the DA and the ANC.

“In a democratic society the power will rest with the citizens, so it's up to those parties if they still want to be in government.”

The signature red berets worn by EFF members were conceptualised by Commander in Chief Julius Malema who decided that this would be the way for them to appear unified and to “show the symbolism of the revolutions that inspire us,” says Ndlozi.

While the party is made up of a diverse group of members of different ages, the mostly young leadership take their motivation from other young powerful leaders of the past such as Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Julius Nyerere and Kwame Nkrumah.

“Even the ANC itself was formed by young members who became powerful leaders,” says Ndlozi.

The party's launch will take place in Marikana although the date is still unconfirmed, Ndlozi told eNCA.com.


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